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materialist

[muh-teer-ee-uh-list] /məˈtɪər i ə lɪst/
noun
1.
a person who is markedly more concerned with material things than with spiritual, intellectual, or cultural values.
2.
an adherent of philosophical materialism.
adjective
3.
concerned with material things; materialistic.
4.
of or relating to philosophical materialism or its adherents.
Origin of materialist
1660-1670
1660-70; < New Latin māteriālista. See material, -ist
Related forms
materialistic, adjective
antimaterialist, noun, adjective
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  • As though any great poet who had come to years of discretion could be a materialist or an infidel.

  • But first, let us do so from the materialist's own stand-point.

    Life: Its True Genesis R. W. Wright
  • Some declared he was afraid of spirits; but he was too stout a materialist!

  • “The external world,” says the materialist––“Does not exist,” says the Idealist.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • This is saying in so many words that the science of the materialist is adequate for the proof that his opponent knows nothing.

  • In short, the cow does fulfill the materialist theory of history: that is why the cow has no history.

    A Miscellany of Men G. K. Chesterton
  • My friend is an atheist and materialist, but enjoys the life which he despises, and fears death, which he does not know.

    Legends August Strindberg
  • It is customary to condemn the American as a materialist because of his worship of success.

    What I Saw in America G. K. Chesterton
  • The materialist's allegation is generally, that he wishes to accept as little as possible.

  • The materialist answers: "The matter of the brain creates thought."

    The Mind and the Brain Alfred Binet
Word Origin and History for materialist
n.

1660s and after in various philosophical and theological senses, on model of French matérialiste, from material (n.) + -ist. Also cf. materialism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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